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The Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.

Mission

The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.  Our motto: Learn it, love it, protect it!

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.

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Moon Work

We at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History do not only work during the...

Jagged Ambush Bug

The Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata sp.) hides out on flowers, waiting for the opportune time...

Groundhog Crossing

Why did the groundhog cross the road? It didn’t because it saw me and ran back...

No Flower Picking!

It is that time of year again! Pink Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule) are among...

Canada Warbler

This Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) looks like a jewel in the cheery spring...

Butterflies Coming

Butterflies like this Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) will be emerging next...

Cuckoo Bee

This Cuckoo Bee (Nomada sp, Ruficornis Group) is a very interesting subject. As you can...

Ovenbird

Those Ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) will soon be crafting their ovens on the forest...

Killdeer Eggs

First there was one, then two, then three, and today there are four!!!  Aren’t they...

Holes in the Trees

While you may know your birds, do you know your holes? This handy Birdwatcher’s...

International Day for Biological Diversity

Sean saw a lot of great posts today about International Day for Biological Diversity and...

Chestnut-sided Morning

It was a decidedly Chestnut-sided morning for Twan recently, with this cooperative...

Yard Sharp-shinned Hawk

Here is a somewhat bigger recent bird from Twan’s yard, the Sharp-shinned Hawk!...

American Oystercatchers in Flight

That is one chatty American Oystercatcher! I wonder if the other two had nothing to say...